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Human Evolution : A Very Short Introduction - Bernard Wood

Human Evolution

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st November 2005
ISBN: 9780192803603
Number Of Pages: 144

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The recent discovery of the diminutive Homo floresiensis (nicknamed "the Hobbit") in Indonesia has sparked new interest in the study of human evolution. In this Very Short Introduction, renowned evolutionary scholar Bernard Wood traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to today's latest fossil finds. Along the way we are introduced to the lively cast of characters, past and present, involved in evolutionary research. Although concentrating on the fossil evidence for human evolution, the book also covers the latest genetic evidence about regional variations in the modern human genome that relate to our evolutionary history. Wood draws on over thirty years of experience to provide an insiders view of the field, and demonstrates that our understanding of human evolution is critically dependent on advances in related sciences such as paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology. This is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in the origins and development of humankind.

1: What to expect 2: Finding our place 3: Fossil hominins - discovery and context 4: Fossil hominins - analysis and interpretation 5: Possible and probable early hominins 6: Archaic hominins 7: Transitional and archaic Homo 8: Modern human origins Timelines Personalities Further Reading

ISBN: 9780192803603
ISBN-10: 0192803603
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st November 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 11.43  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.13

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